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Posted 09/10/2013 09:03AM

Monday   Morning Quarterback


Written by John Tawa   

Monday,   09 September 2013


Happy Mercy Academy after winning the LIVT

  As we prepare for our first in-season national rankings on Thursday, let’s   take a look at some weekend results that might have a bearing on our   top 100. This article is based in large part on reports we received via email   over the past three days. We’ll report on more tourney results from the   weekend that was in our Friday Court Report.

– Louisville, Kentucky

  There will be a new No. 1 team in the nation on Thursday when our first   in-season national rankings are released. Our pick in the pre-season, Louisville   Assumption, still playing without top OH Miranda Elpers (knee),   dropped not one but two matches at the loaded Louisville Invitational   Tournament on Saturday. The Rockets (9-2) fell in three sets to national No.   22 Notre Dame Academy in the semifinals, then were swept by No. 2 Mother   McAuley in the third-place match. Notre Dame’s win over Assumption, its   in-state rival, was its first in almost 20 years.
  Mother McAuley will not be the new No. 1. The Mighty Macs (7-1) might have   bested Assumption (those teams could play two more times this season) but   they lost in straight sets in the LIVT semifinals to No. 18 Mercy Academy,   which also defeated Notre Dame Academy (8-2) and No. 35 Sacred Heart   on Saturday.
  Mercy (12-0) could ascend to the top spot. The Jaguars won the tournament for   the first time since 2008 by outlasting NDA in three sets, in large part due   to the sensational play of outside hitters Courtney Crable and Merideth   Jewell. Crable, a top 100 Senior Ace headed to Auburn, had 20 kills in   the match. Jewell had three kills and two blocks in Game 2 to help Mercy   force a third set, then made an inspirational hustle play in Game 3 to spark   the win. The junior dove into the bleachers for a ball and gashed her knee   almost to the bone. After the bleeding stopped, she returned to the court and   jump served three aces to help the Jaguars close out the win.
  "I was really proud of our team’s effort,” said Mercy coach Todd   Garvey. “The LIVT was loaded this year and we faced a lot of good teams on   Saturday. We have come a long way since the start of the season, and are   really coming together as a team. Everyone took turns making big   contributions this weekend. And when our backs were against the wall, we   stepped up every time and that was great to see. We know it's still early and   we have a lot we still need to improve on if we want to be there in the   end."
  Ordinarily, when an undefeated team like the Mercy Jaguars wins a tourney as   stacked as the LIVT, it’s an easy choice to make them No. 1 nationally. Not   so fast in this case, however, as Jewell’s leg required 20 stitches that will   keep her out of the lineup for two weeks or more. The team’s depth will be   tested in her absence, as Mercy embarks on the toughest part of its schedule,   starting with Assumption tomorrow night!
  For Assumption, it’s time to regroup. The team is struggling with chemistry   issues right now and needs a terminator on one of the pins. It might be   Elpers, who is hoping for a release from her doctor in the next week or two.   But coach Ron Kordes also has a couple of talented freshmen on his bench who   could get pressed into early playing time.


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